Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis command staff and mayor

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Site LE Agency
Memphis Police Department

Site Researcher
James C. McCutcheon, Ph.D., University of Memphis

Site Focus
Gun crime

SPI Strategy
Technological innovation

Site Cohort
2019

Site Profile
Large urban area of 315.06 sq. miles with a population of 652,000

Project Overview

Memphis struggles with consistently high violent crime and homicide rates, including a large proportion of cases involving a firearm. The Memphis Police Department has attempted to address this problem with gunshot detection technology, but has had issues with false alerts. The Memphis Police Department plans to implement a new gunshot detection software, ShotSpotter, and test its efficacy. They also plan to utilize the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) to develop further links that may aid investigation.

Data Highlight

  • From 2016 to 2017, there were 3,822 offenses where an individual was shot or shot at.
  • In 2017, 48% of violent crime offenses involved a firearm.